Fashion column: How to wear summer apparel in the fall
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 23:10
There are 15 minutes until I have to leave for class. I check the weather report—Newark is estimated to have a high of 84 degrees. Five minutes remaining, and I’m still standing in my pajamas. This past week’s wacky weather has me standing in front of my closet, head atilt and perplexed.
A part of me wants to embrace these gorgeous 80-degree days in tank tops and jean shorts—allowing me to relive those summer days that are quickly fading into last summer. The other part of me has mentally prepared for the fall weather. The proof is in my closet, which has transitioned to sweaters and boots.
So, how do I resolve this mental conflict?
Well, everybody loves hybrids. So do I, which is made possible by transitioning summer clothing into fall-appropriate outfits. This way you can still wear your summer favorites and only purchase a few fall essentials, thus allowing you to not break your bank account.
First rule of transitioning is to hibernate those white shorts and pants. I know there is a stigma about wearing white after Labor Day, and I believe that this rule should only be temporary. Bring the white pants back out around winter break for perfect white-hot winter outfits…more coming on this topic later this semester.
The one exception to the “white rule” after Labor Day is white dresses. As I was walking to my class this past week, I saw a girl who epitomized the perfect summer-to-fall outfit transition. This chic student paired her white summery dress with a dark sweater that was equal to the length of her dress with untied combat boots with tall socks peeking through. All I have to say is, kudos, to whoever you are, and had I been on my game, your picture would accompany this week’s column.
The next rule you all need to know: a denim shirt can make any outfit instantly fall appropriate. A denim shirt can be easily found at any retailer. Retailers such as Forever 21 and Target are guaranteed to have the most cost-effective prices. If you want to step up your denim shirt game, Urban Outfitters has shirts ranging from marble washed to studded. J.Crew is always my go-to place for a denim shirt; look for the Keeper chambray shirt at $78. The trick is to catch J.Crew’s denim shirts when they are on sale, or, fellow college students, use your 15-percent discount at the register. Aside from making any outfit more suitable for fall weather, this is a quick and easy way to upgrade a relaxed look of leggings and a T-shirt.
A tank top under a sweater is another simple way to transition summer clothing into your fall wardrobe. You can opt for a tank top under a classic tight-fitted cardigan like the ones found at Gap for $39.95. Another option is to wear a tank top under an oversized sweater. A great oversized sweater option is the Quincy Back To You Cardigan in black from Free People for $128.00.
Other summer staples that are difficult to say goodbye to are shorts and skirts. But, of course, I wouldn’t be bringing this up if I didn’t have a solution. Here is what you need to buy: sheer tights, high socks and boots—either booties or tall. With this combination, you’ll be able to wear your shorts and skirts all winter long.